I Am the Moment
I Am the Moment
Money Honey
Money Honey
Purea
Purea

Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2020 

Premieres

A collection of Māori and Pasifika short films curated by Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), Director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, with guest co-curator Craig Fasi (Niue), Director of the Pollywood Film Festival.

Jul 27
Premiere
Jul 28

Ends at

81 minutes
M
Sexual violence, offensive language, drug use & nudity

A collection of Māori and Pasifika short films curated by Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), Director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, with guest co-curator Craig Fasi (Niue), Director of the Pollywood Film Festival. Curators’ comments on each film appear in italics. In 2020, for the first time, Ngā Whanaunga Māori and Pasifika Shorts will be a competitive section in the Festival with prizes to be confirmed in coming weeks.

This film collection is screening in select cinemas and venues across the country. See here for details.

Purea 2020

Director/Screenplay

Producers

Julian Arahanga
,
Verity Mackintosh
,
Becs Arahanga
7 minutes

Māori elder Hamo must bear the burden of carrying the spirits of her ancestors to their sacred mountain. Respectful and heartfelt. Deep in meaning and unlimited in vision. — CF

Forgive Me 2020

Director/Screenplay

Producers

Jennifer Semler
,
Michael Pogarian
,
Shaun Toub
New Zealand / USA In Farsi with English subtitles
11 minutes

Student Sina meets his professor in a cafe for their weekly game of chess, but soon discovers real life is more complicated than just a game. In an unbearable political climate, forbidden love is punishable by death. Would you give your life for love? — CF

Kapaemahu 2020

Directors/Screenplay/Producers

USA In Hawaiian
8 minutes

Four mysterious boulders on Waikiki Beach hold ancient spiritual powers. This stunning animation respectfully reawakens the long lost story of Māhū, who journeyed from Tahiti to Hawai’i bearing healing gifts. — LK

Emily 2020

Director

Screenplay

Mark Papalii
,
Alex McKenna

Producer

Amy Laura Jansen
15 minutes

After a terrible accident a mother faces her worst nightmare. A powerful story of loss and the human condition to overcome tragedy or accept defeat. — CF

Money Honey 2019

Director/Screenplay

Producers

Lissandra Leite
,
Robby Peters
9 minutes

The chance discovery of a $20 note opens up a world of opportunity. Drift back to the 80s Spacies parlours (or is it the 90s?) when life for kids was not so serious – or was it? — LK

Gurl 2020

Director/Screenplay/Producer

Consulting Producers

Georgina Allison Conder
,
Philippa Campbell
20 minutes

An infamous Māori drag queen falls for a fading rugby star on an ill-fated night in 1975. We’re gonna go back, way back, to a Vivian Street parlour serving instant coffee and toasted sandwiches, and a hypnotic glimpse into the life of the diva, the goddess, the one, the only Carmen. — LK